Gooding Community Newsletter

March 2020, #25

Gooding Community Newsletter Enters Its 3rd Year!

When I ran for city council in 2017, one of my top priorities was to be able to better communicate all of the great things happening in our community, and to make the governing of our city more transparent and open. To those ends I have worked together with so many great people within our area to make and bring to you this community newsletter. Now, a little over 2 years later, our newsletter has a monthly readership that often hits the 1000+ mark! Thank you so much for your contributions, reads, and shares! This vision easily could have and would have failed if not for the support of so many excellent people.


I would especially like to thank some of the main contributors, City Clerk Hollye Lierman, Public Works Director Larry Bybee, Police Chief Dave Fisher, the gals at the Gooding Library District, Fire Chief Covey, Elementary Principal Brandee Sabala, Charmey Leavell with G.R.E.A.T., the gals at the Gooding Volunteer Group, and so many more who have written in to share their news and happenings. I would especially like to thank Mayor Jeff Brekke who has donated the fee we pay for this web based service the past two years. His generous contribution has just ensured another year of our newsletter. I am very grateful.


As the weather warms and we all look forward to the upcoming spring season, I hope that we can all be grateful for the blessed community we live in.


Colin Smith

Gooding High School CTE Scholarship Dinner

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Gooding Music Program Fundraisers

The Gooding Music Program is hosting two upcoming fundraiser events. The funds raised provide travel and expanded learning opportunities for the music program students. Examples of these events include: Vocalise students traveling to enjoy Voiceplay Live, Red Thunder Band traveling to CSI to learn from and perform with the CSI Pep Band, and traveling to Lagoon last Spring to compete in a Regional Music Showcase. Thank you for your continuing support of our growing Gooding Senators Music Program!

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Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Community Conversation

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Be Outside, Idaho!

Last month the Gooding Library District kicked off a great program for our local youth and families. In coordination with the BLM, the library has put together a series of Saturday activities over the next few months that will get people outside exploring some of the natural wonders and beauty in this part of our state. Below is a list of the activities already planned.


4/18-Geology with Brian Longstreth and David Frieberg at Black Magic Canyon.


5-/2-Fire Prevention with Kelsey Brizendine or Ryan Berlin


5/23-Native Plants and Grazing with Samantha Seabrook-Sturgis and Joanna Tjaden


6/6-Caving with David Frieberg, Michael Houser, and possibly Silver Sage Grotto


7/11-Archaeology in South Idaho with Ashley Long


Each of these activities will start at the Gooding Public Library, and participants will caravan together to the destinations. Each excursion should take between 2-4 hours.


Additionally, the library will be placing orders for T-shirts, which will cost between $8-$12 per shirt. There is also a "Places to Go & Things to Do" list that was compiled by Susan Ray. Copies of this list, with dozens of fun outdoor Idaho activities near to us is available at the library.


A copy of all of the March events for the library is also displayed below.

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Gooding Public Library Foundation proudly announces the winners of the first ever “Death by Dessert” contest held February 8, 2020

Debbie Jones won the Golden Spoon Award (first place) with her Pineapple Dessert. For her efforts, Debbie received a $50 gift card to Rudy’s, A Cook’s Paradise and the praise of many of the tasters! Kristen Rigby took home the Silver Spoon Award (second place) for her “Gone With the Wind” dessert and a $25 gift card to Rudy’s. Tasters were offered sixteen varied desserts: cookies, candy, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and fruit pizza. Everyone voted for their favorite dessert and many took home samples to share with their family! Thank you to everyone who helped with the activity and a big thank you to all the amazing chefs for their wonderful sweets. We appreciate the prizes donated from Rudy’s and the Gooding Public Library Foundation.


We are planning a kids cooking challenge for April. For more information, see Cindy Bigler, director of Gooding Public Library!



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Note From Police Chief Fisher

Spring is almost here and there is no better time to begin spring cleaning. The tree yard will soon be open and available for all wood products. Any trash, metal, tires, or other debris must be taken to the Wendell Transfer Station. There may be fees for larger items such as hot tubs, or items with special handling, such as refrigerators. Most other metal items may not require any fee. If you have a scrap vehicle, one of the local wrecking yards may remove it for free or even pay you for it if you have a title.


We will have a new juvenile ordinance in place soon that provides more ability to curb adolescent behavior such as running away, truancy, and absconding from parental control. We must stress, however, that parents are the primary caretakers of their children. With this new ordinance, the curfew of 12:00 PM is being replaced with an 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM curfew. Those encouraging or assisting in violations may also be prosecuted.


The year 2020 has been very busy for the police department and I believe law enforcement in general in the Magic Valley. The Gooding Police Department has seen a rise in case files of about 30% over the same two month period of 2019. We have seen a spike in thefts as well as graffiti. If you observe suspicious activities, please contact dispatch at (208) 324-1911.

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5th District Rodeo Events Calendar

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City Updates

Tree Yard

Many folks are anxious to get out and start working in the yard and wondering when the tree yard will open up! The operation is only funded from roughly April to November and weather plays a large role in when it opens in the spring and closes in the fall. Before we open the gates we try to grind the previous year’s piles. This work needs to be done with the gates closed as the grinder throws material everywhere and is not safe to have the public around when it is in operation. Thank you for your patience, and if you really need to get rid of some wood or leaves remember the Transfer Station in Wendell is able to be open more days of the year.


Airport Master Plan

Thank you for all those who attended the first Master Plan meeting for the Airport on the 20th. The project is estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete and there will be two more public meetings before the plan is finalized. The purpose is to make sure we are staying in tune with the community's needs and planning appropriately for the future.

Airport Runway Extension

Bids will be opened March 5th on the paving portion of work to the runway extension that occurred last summer. The paving will occur sometime in August.


Comprehensive Plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission has been working on the city’s comprehensive plan and expects to have it ready to present to the city council hopefully in June.


Transportation Plan

The city has been studying a majority of the different modes of transportation throughout our community. The purpose of the study is to identify, prioritize, and determine funding needs relating to mobility. The Transportation Plan was funded by a 50K grant from ITD and the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council.


Meeting Dates

March 2nd Council Meeting 7:00 pm @ City Hall

March 5th Urban Renewal Meeting 9:00 am @ City Hall

March 5th Wood River RC&D Meeting 6:00 pm @ Gooding Bed & Breakfast

March 11th Airport Advisory Meeting 7:00 pm @ Gooding Airport

March 16th Council Meeting 7:00 pm @ City Hall

March 19th Chamber of Commerce Meeting 12:00 pm @ Zeppes

March 19th Planning & Zoning Meeting 2:00 pm @ City Hall

Sliman and Butler Open House

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GES Newsletter and Dr. Seuss Celebration

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Wood River SWCD Tree Sale

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This is a Publication of the City of Gooding

The Gooding Community Newsletter is a publication designed to share the positive happenings in our community. If you have an event or news item you would like to share, please send along your information to the email address listed below. Should you have an idea you think could improve our community, we encourage you to bring those ideas to the city council with plans on how we can work together to make our city even better. Thanks for listening and sharing!